GOP health bill a far cry from Trump promises

Fewer insured under GOP bill

Medicaid Cuts Could Affect Special Education Programs Under GOP Health Care Act

The nonpartisan CBO projects that a total of 51 million people under age 65 would be uninsured in 2026 under the Republican-backed measure, called the American Health Care Act.

In their home states Senators continue to face angry crowds at town halls. In Washington, staffers are working on a legislative framework that can get 51 votes.

After House passage of its measure, the USA bishops "noted the positive aspects" of the bill, including "critical life protections" for the unborn, the letter said, but the measure "contains many serious flaws" the Senate must act to change, it added.

On top of all that, booting 23 million Americans off their health insurance, as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office, would be devastating to men and women and is nothing short of reckless.

A majority of Republicans supported the bills provisions that would allow states to establish work requirements for Medicaid enrollees and set up high-risk insurance pools for people with health problems.

Moderate Republican lawmakers, along with many GOP governors, are anxious that millions of their constituents would lose coverage under the House bill, which eliminates enhanced funding for Medicaid expansion and curtails federal support for the entire program.

Rape and sexual assault themselves are not listed as pre-existing conditions in the proposed bill, yet the most common physical and emotional effects can be used to deny health insurance coverage to women under the proposed law. On the other hand, 49% of those surveyed had a favorable view of Obamacare, compared with 42% holding an unfavorable view. She says Democratic voters' support for Obamacare is much stronger than Republican voters' support for the Republican alternative.

However, both the House GOP bill and Trump's own budget would make big cuts across a range of health care programs, from insurance to medical research.

This viewpoint is shared regardless of party identification with majorities of Democrats (86 percent), independents (79 percent), and Republicans (59 percent) saying the AHCA fulfills some or none of the promises President Trump has made about health care.

Only 4 percent said the GOP bill fulfilled all of the president's promises, while another 10 percent said it delivered on most of his promises.

In a poll conducted May 12-14, 61 percent of independent voters said they approved of the expansion, and a plurality, or 45 percent, said any replacement bill should leave the provision in place. Some 49 percent of Americans support Obamacare, compared with almost 30 percent of Americans who take a favorable stance regarding the AHCA.

Almost six in 10 of those surveyed said that Medicaid is important to them and their families.

The poll also asked people whether several different components of the American Health Care Act made them more or less likely to support it. About 30 percent say it should not be passed at all, while another 26 percent say it needs major changes.

The poll, conducted May 16 to 22, surveyed 1,205 adults with a 3% margin of error.

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